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The demand in the job market for people with a Human Development degree is stimulated by a growing need for skills associated with a liberal arts education. “According to studies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers often rank skills such as critical thinking and communication—hallmarks of liberal arts training—above technical aptitude as essential for career readiness. Liberal arts study helps students develop strong foundational competencies,” says Paul Timmins, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “It gives them tools to succeed beyond their first job.”” (From the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook website) Below is a list of careers for HD majors by category. Note that while some of the careers listed below require no, or minimal additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree, others require additional work experience or education. At the bottom of this page, you will find career forecast information for select careers, including projected growth and salaries. This information will be updated periodically to highlight new careers, so if these aren't the careers you're interested in, check back! 


Guardian Ad Litem

Political Organizer

Political Analyst

Consumer Protection Staff/Agent

Employee Assistance Program Staff

Family Policy Advocate

Advocate Case Manager

Victim Advocate


Head Start Programs

Childcare Centers

Afterschool programming

Teacher’s Aid

Registered Behavior Technician

Academic Tutor


Health or Nutrition Educator

Gerontology & Eldercare

Elder Care Provider

Bereavement Coordinator

Assisted Living Program Director

Senior Housing Service Director

Senior Center Activities Coordinator

Retirement Community Director

Senior Advocate

Children & Families

Certified Family Life Educator

Family Intervention Specialist

Individual and Family Support Services

Family Services Advocate

Adoption Specialist

Military Family Support Specialist

Hospital-based Family Support staff

Public Health

Recreational Therapist

Health Services Analyst

Grants Management

Health Outreach Worker

Environmental Health Specialist

Community Care Coordinator

Child Life Specialist

Food Assistance Specialist

Social Services

Veterans Service Officer

Crisis Hotline Services

Addictions Counselor

Child Welfare Specialist/p>

Domestic Violence Counselor

Social Worker

Community Organizer

Group Home Worker

Independent Living Specialist

Career Forecast

The data listed below were obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Click on the O*NET link to search for careers not listed below, or click on a link below to obtain detailed information about the specific career, including: tasks, skills, knowledge, abilities necessary for success; typical work activities, styles and context; related occupations; and wages/employment trends. You can also use the O*NET site look for jobs based on ‘career cluster’ (occupations in the same field that require similar skills, like Human Services or Education and Training), ‘job family’ (occupations grouped together based on work performed, skills, education, training, and credentials), or ‘job zone’ (occupations organized by level of preparation needed) to search for jobs that utilize your interests, experience, skills, knowledge or work style. Check it out!   

CareerGrowthMedian Annual Salary
Speech-Language Pathologist 15% (much faster than average)$76,610/$92,810
Addictions Counselor 15% (much faster than average)$46,740/$42,640
Human/Social Services Assistant 15% (much faster than average)$33,120/$40,450
Guidance/School Counselor 10-14% (faster than average)$55,410/$62,790
Health Educator 15% (much faster than average)$53,940/$54,780
Recreational Therapist5-9% (average)$47,680/$71,380


Occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings.